Melissa BradleyOwner and founder, Bradley Real Estate, 13 offices, with headquarters at 851 Irwin Street, San Rafael, 94901; 415-531-3567; BradleyRealEstate.com
Residence: San Rafael
Professional background: 20 years selling real estate, 16 years as a broker owner of my own real estate brokerage.
Education: High school, real estate school
Tell us about yourself and your company: I was born in Marin County. My parents were hippies that lived in Bolinas Beach. I later moved to Fairfax and San Anselmo. When I was 9, I had my first real job delivering newspapers. I hated it. But I was very good at selling new subscriptions. I guess you could say I found my calling of “selling” at an early age. When I was 16 I started assisting my grandmother, Sue Bradley in real estate. At age 22, I got my license and at 26 I opened my own brokerage. I have always had the philosophy of giving before getting. I believe that is why I have done so well. I am constantly sharing and it always comes back to me 10 fold or more.
I trust the universe, and have great faith in God. I am a self confessed obsessive perfectionist. It’s more important to me to get things right than to make money. Luckily this mindset has afforded me a highly successful business. I believe greatness in every business comes from this way of thinking. First, be the best, and the money will follow.
Is there a major accomplishment in the past year or so that you would like to share?: Just recently I have been getting involved in local politics and policy. It wasn’t intentional; it just fell in my lap. While I don’t plan to run for office, I see myself being involved because I care about my community.
What is the achievement you are most proud of?: I am most proud of my four children: Jason, 12; Bobby, 9; Summer, 7; and Sunshine, 3.
What is your biggest challenge today?: My biggest challenge is time. It’s hard to squeeze everything that interests me into the 24 hours and 7 days that we are allotted.
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Words that best describe you: Passion. I have passion for whatever cause I am currently pursuing. I think this has been instrumental in my success. I like to think if you don’t wake up jumping up excited about your day, then you are in the wrong business.
As a successful female professional, what were the biggest obstacles you faced and how did you overcome them?: I hate to use the cliche but the “ol’ boys club” was as real as ever in my business, and on top of being a woman, being young, and not having a formal college education. I had a lot of strikes against me going in. I think perseverance and knowing that I’ve always taken the high road made all the difference. One of my favorite expressions is “Get up one more time than they knock you down.” I had to remind myself of that many many many times. There were plenty of days that I cried and felt it was too rough to go up against huge corporations, but I knew that I what I had to offer was better, so I just kept going. I would dust myself off myself after getting mentally beat up, and jump to my feet ready to fight the good fight again.